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THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 20 TO 22)

This weekend’s forecast calls for a relaxed 25˚C (that 77˚F to our American friends). It’s going to be sunny and mild — the perfect kind of weather for roaming the cobblestone streets, tucking into bistros for glasses of beer and watching the world go by. However, if you’re a “do’er”, we’ve got nine fantastic things “to do” this weekend in Montreal!

MONTREAL HAS THE BLUES

As you may well have noticed, most of Montreal’s festivals take place in and around the Quartier Des Spectacles. Therefore, when a fest like Festiblues (August 11th-15th) sets up shop outside of the downtown core, the story about it is almost as much about the area it’s being held as it is about what its got going on. The FestiBlues International de Montreal is entering its 13th year, a feat that’s entirely impressive on its own in this fest-crazy city.

MONTREAL AUGUST CONCERT ROUNDUP

Given how incredibly hard Osheaga rocked, I’d understand if you thought that music in Montreal might take a break during August. But you’d be wrong, because Montreal doesn’t stop when it comes to music. Here, then, are some shows that you shouldn’t miss…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 30 TO AUGUST 1)

Another busy weekend in Montreal! With two major festivals (Osheaga and Divers/Cité) taking place, the city will be buzzing with rock stars and drag queens. It’s the sort of weekend that dreams are made of! We’ve got 10 suggestions to rock it out “à la Montréal” this weekend… —————————————————————————————————————— [music festival] OSHEAGA – Arguably the biggest music event of the year in Montreal, Osheaga is an outdoor, 2-day festival that features the coolest names in music today: Arcade Fire, Weezer, K’naan, The National, Robyn, Snoop Dogg and many more. [lgbt festival] DIVERS/CITÉ – After nearly 20 years of celebrating the best of gay culture, music and art, Divers/Cité has another stellar line up of performers set to seduce the city. Don’t miss ‘Mascara’ – one of the biggest drag events in the world!

HEAVY METAL MONTREAL: BIG NAMES, BIG SOUND

It might seem a bit incongruous to see a post about a heavy metal festival on the Montreal Buzz blog. But in 2008, Heavy Metal MTL attracted some 36,000 head-banging tourists and hard-rocking locals. After a break in 2009, the 2-day fest returns with a vengeance this weekend to prove that Montreal is a city that loves it some metal…

ORCHESTRA IN THE PARKS

If you’re anything like me, when the summer months hit you’ll do anything you can to be outside. Never am I as aware of this problem as when I’m forced to leave a beautiful summer night to go inside to see a show. Bit of a summer night buzzkill. But for 3 nights next week, you can catch the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, FOR FREE, in the park of your choosing…

AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE AT FESTIVAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE

Renowned for its colourful atmosphere and quality of programming, Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique presents music and culture from 500 artists originating from more than 30 different countries across Africa, South America and the Caribbean. With more than 50 indoor and outdoor concerts, the festival is the largest North American gathering of major world music artists and a true celebration of Montreal’s multiculturalism. The 24th edition of the Festival also coincides with the 50th anniversary of independance of many African nations, making it a year of festivities to remember. Here are some of the Festival’s highlights :

DIVERS/CITÉ: THE MONTREAL GAY EVENT OF JULY

One of the biggest LGBT parties of the year in Montreal is just around the corner. After nearly 20 years of celebrating the best of gay culture, music and art, Divers/Cité has another stellar line up of performers set to seduce the city from July 26 until August 1. And you, of course, are invited.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: JULY

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are some suggestions for the month of July.

JAZZ FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: WAX TAILOR

Before the soundcheck for his Thursday night show at Metropolis, French beatsmith Wax Tailor and I found a quiet corner to have a quick chat about what he has planned for Montreal and what he hopes Montreal has planned for him…